Halloween in most Canadian cities is a good time, and here are always great events happening in communities to really get into the spirit of the season. In Burlington, one of the most anticipated fall events of the year is the Great Pumpkin Trail, hosted by the Royal Botanical Gardens. Hundreds of hand-carved jack o’lanterns line the South Bridle Trail and the gardens, and fall-themed activities abound. It’s a lot of fun, and I look forward to it every year!
The Pumpkin Trail will have face-painting, Halloween-themed games and events, and the whole thing will be suitable for children and adults alike. Unfortunately, only a small portion of the South Bridle Trail is accessible, and so if you use a wheelchair or have children who need strollers, you won’t be able to enjoy the whole event. There is also no seating on the trail, and so if you have mobility issues, it may be best to stay in the RBG and enjoy events on the garden property.
The Royal Botanical Gardens are lovely themselves, with several different sections highlighting various biomes. My personal favourite is the cactus garden, full of gigantic specimens from all over the world, but the Mediterranean garden is also wonderful. If you decide to walk the Pumpkin Trail at the RBG, you’ll also be able to explore the gardens, and that will definitely make for an amazing evening.
If you’d like to walk the Great Pumpkin Trail this October, you can purchase tickets from the RBG’s website. The event will run on October 25th and 26th, with several different entry times. Adults pay $19 for entry, and children between the ages of 3 and 12 pay $12.